Artificial Intelligence: Who Does the Thinking? - Recap of the IEEE AI & Ethics Summit, 2016

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This video gives a recap of the ideas covered at the day-long IEEE AI & Ethics Summit, 2016.

The forethinkers of Artificial Intelligence (AI) (including Alan Turing, John McCarthy, Marvin Minsky, Allen Newell and Herbert Simon) were optimistic about the future. Alan Turing, the English mathematician, codebreaker and father of modern computer science, wrote in 1950 that “at the end of the century the use of words and general educated opinion will have altered so much that one will be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted.” Herbert Simon, a Nobel Prize laureate and one of the most influential social scientists of the twentieth century, predicted in 1965 that “machines will be capable, within twenty years, of doing any work a man can do.” Marvin Minsky, co-founder of CSAIL (MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory), wrote in 1967 that “within a generation … the problem of creating ‘artificial intelligence’ will substantially be solved.”

More recently, however, others have sounded the alarm. In his 2014 book Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies, Nick Bostrom, Swedish philosopher and director of Oxford University's Future of Humanity Institute, argues that once machines surpass human intellect, they could mobilize and decide to eradicate humans extremely quickly using any number of strategies. He warns that the world of the future could become a “society of economic miracles and technological awesomeness, with nobody there to benefit - a Disneyland without children.”

It is with this background that the IEEE arranged a one day summit to consider AI and Ethics and pose the question ‘Who does the thinking?

This video gives a recap of the ideas covered in the day of keynote speeches and lively panel discussions among leading technologists, legal thinkers, philosophers, social scientists, manufacturers and policy makers.

This video gives a recap of the ideas covered at the day-long IEEE AI & Ethics Summit, 2016.

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